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    AUGUST 15, 2017

'News Junkie'

     You’ve grown used to seeing him reporting the important events of the day on America’s first 24-hour news channel, CNN, but Wolf Blitzer’s love of the news goes all the way back to his childhood.

     “I’ve been a news junkie since I was a little kid growing up in Buffalo, New York,” Wolf observed in an interview with the St. Louis Times. “I’ve always followed the news. I’ve always been passionate about politics and foreign policy. I’m just thrilled that I have this opportunity to combine my personal interest, which is the news, with my livelihood, which is also the news.”          

     Born in Augsberg, Germany, on March 22, 1948, just three years after the end of World War II, the infant Wolf and his parents moved to the United States when he was just a few months old, and the Blitzer family settled in Buffalo, where Wolf grew up and attended the State University of New York before moving to Washington, D.C., for graduate work at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

     A few years afterwards, while he was working as a journalist for Reuters news service and stationed in Tel Aviv, Israel, he was witness to a momentous event. It was something that propelled his career in a very competitive field. “The chancellor of then West Germany, Willy Brandt, came to Israel. It was the first time a German leader had come to Israel. Because of the Holocaust, it was very important symbolically. I was the youngest reporter in the bureau and was sent to do a simple ‘color’ story (background feature). [The German leader] was going to visit Masada, this mountain-top fortress in the Israeli desert” where Jewish zealots made their last stand against the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

     “His helicopter was landing on top of this 2,000-foot peak, and a gust of wind nearly blew it off. Fortunately, an old wall stopped the wheels, preventing the helicopter from falling.... It was a pretty shocking moment for all of us. Willy Brandt was shaken but unhurt, though I think his foreign minister broke his arm. Fortunately, it turned out okay, but I had to get down from the mountaintop to the bottom where there was one pay phone — in   those days there were no cellphones — and make a call to our Tel Aviv bureau. I got down there first, and we broke the story. It was really a proud moment in my young journalistic career to get that story out first when there was a lot of competition. There were probably a hundred journalists on that mountaintop.”

     Not long after that, Wolf Blitzer became the Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and covered the first Israeli-Egyptian peace talks. “In April of 1977, the first year of the Carter administration, Anwar Sadat, the president of Egypt, came to Washington for his first meeting with [President] Jimmy Carter, and at a news conference...I asked [him] about breaking through the animosity and reaching out and establishing some rapport with the Israelis. He thought that would happen, he said, but only after the signing of an agreement to end the state of belligerency [between the two countries]. But later, in November of ’77, he stunned the world by announcing he was going to Jerusalem to address the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. When a reporter asked him about it, he said he’d been asked back in April about reaching out to the Israelis and at the time he didn’t think it would be a good idea, but since then he said it had ‘germinated’ in his mind, and he gave me credit for sparking that thought that eventually resulted in his going to Jerusalem and the [subsequent] Camp David Accords that followed in September of ’78 and the formal Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty that was signed at the White House on the north lawn in March of ’79. I covered all 16 months of those negotiations.”

     “In the ’80’s I had some pretty good moments, too,” he continues. “I was in Beirut during the civil war. It was pretty dangerous, but it was an important story. I was the first journalist to interview the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard and wrote a book on that in the ’80’s. That, in turn, generated a lot of interest in the work that I was doing, and CNN approached me and hired me. Shortly after I began working for CNN in 1990, the Iraqis invaded Kuwait. Then, of course, Operation Desert Shield went to Operation Desert Storm, then the Gulf War, and I was the Pentagon correspondent.”

     Early in his CNN career, he covered the attempted coup in the Soviet Union and the subsequent collapse of the Communist government there. Shortly thereafter, he became CNN’s White House correspondent, a post he held throughout most of the Clinton presidency.

     “The election of 2000 was a shock for all of us because on that day in November of 2000 we thought it would be over with that night.... But that election went into overtime. For a month, it was unclear what was going to happen. It was a riveting period for us journalistically and also as Americans just wondering who’s going to be the next president, so it was a fascinating story to cover.”

     “Obviously, the low point in my career was 9/11 — to see that kind of destruction: four planes highjacked; 19 terrorists; and the devastation of 3,000 lives lost along with the Twin Towers. It was an awful story that impacted all of us so dramatically. We tried to be as responsible and as accurate as we could in reporting it, but it was [extremely] devastating.”

           CNN and Wolf Blitzer did extensive coverage of the war in Afghanistan that followed shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, then when U.S. forces attacked Iraq, he anchored his news broadcasts from Kuwait City, something he found harrowing because both the military personnel and journalists there expected Iraqi bombs to fall all around them along with germ and chemical warfare. “But none of it happened. That was the big surprise. At the time, we wondered why [Saddam Hussein] wasn’t using his chemical and biological weapons? Now we know he didn’t have any.”

           Wolf believes that news stories about events such as the 9/11 attacks are already so unbelievable that journalists don’t feel any need to hype them, but “I’m worried more when stories are not as dramatic, and then they get hyped sometimes. I’m always very careful, and I tell all our producers and our writers and reporters: ‘Just the facts. Keep it cool. You don’t have to exaggerate. The stories can tell themselves. If you hype them, then because the viewers are smart, they’re not going to believe you the next time. So, even though my first name is Wolf,’ I always tell all our reporters, ‘don’t cry wolf.’”

           So what is the story behind his unusual name? “My grandfather on my mother’s side, my maternal grandfather, was named Wolf, and my mother and father named me after him.”

           Over the course of his career, Wolf Blitzer has spoken with many important international figures, but he says he found none more fascinating than Nelson Mandela, whom he interviewed after the South African was released from 25 years of imprisonment. “After apartheid went down, you’d think he’d be bitter and angry, but this was the most positive guy I’ve ever seen. He showed us that small cell where he’d spent two decades as a political prisoner under the old apartheid regime. It was such a powerful moment for me — not only as a journalist but as a human being — to see how someone could come out of that and emerge as the leader of the new South Africa with such a positive, upbeat attitude. That was very, very impressive.”

           A subject close to his heart is the animosity in the Middle East. “However, I do believe there will be true peace someday; it’ll take a long time. But just as there has been a peace treaty between Israel and its largest Arab neighbor, namely Egypt, in ’79, and later Israel and Jordan, its other neighbor to the east, with a peace treaty signed in the 1990’s, I think eventually there will be an agreement with the Palestinians, an agreement with Lebanon and an agreement with Syria. I know they were close with the Palestinians at the end of the Clinton administration, but they just weren’t close enough. I’m still hopeful that, at some point, cooler heads will prevail.”

           During his lifetime, Wolf Blitzer has seen national news broadcasts go from 15 minutes a day by the networks in the 1950’s to CNN’s presentation of news all day, everyday. It’s a change that he believes has been embraced by the masses. “A large chunk of the American people are hungry for information. They want to know what’s going on in their neighborhoods, their communities, their states, around the country, and, indeed, around the world. Ted Turner, in 1980, had the vision to recognize that this country is so big that there will always be an audience interested in knowing what’s happening at any given moment 24 hours a day...so he created CNN, and I think it’s fair to say the world’s a lot different as a result.”

           St. Louis University awarded Wolf an honorary doctorate when he gave a commencement address here a number of year's ago. He says he feels a strong affinity for our community. “St. Louis is a great town. I was just there for the Presidential Debate at Washington University. You know, St. Louis is America — it’s right smack dab in the middle. It’s a lovely place, I’ve been there several times, and I love visiting. I’m thrilled that St. Louis University gave me that honorary doctorate.”

As he’s grown older, Wolf says that he “appreciates life so much more with every year. I appreciate the health, the happiness, the lifestyle, the ability to help other people. I have a better appreciation as I get older that what goes around comes around and that we really can help others.”

           For Wolf Blitzer, his career has been a labor of love. “Every day I get up and look forward to going to work because it’s so exciting and a lifelong education to literally have that front-row seat to history.”


Reprinted from St. Louis Times




      EMPLOYMENT

HOME CAREGIVERS

Home Instead Senior Care

St. Charles, MO

Home Instead Senior Care is hiring caring and compassionate caregivers who live in the St. Charles County area to join our mission of enhancing the lives of aging adults in St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln counties. As a caregiver, you will provide a variety of non-medical services that allow seniors to remain in their home and meet the challenges of aging with dignity, care and compassion. The position offers bonus, reward, and incentive programs throughout the service year. Duties include, but are not limited to companionship, conversation, light housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, medication and appointment reminders, assistance with grooming and bathing, assistance with toileting and incontinence issues, Alzheimer’s and dementia care with skills training provided by Home Instead Senior Care.  Requirements for an exceptional caregiver include the ability to treat and care for seniors and their property with dignity and respect, the ability to communicate with clients in a friendly and congenial manner, completion of a criminal background check, DMV check and drug screen, possession of a valid driver’s license with valid auto insurance and reliable transportation. We have a variety of flexible shifts available with competitive pay. Call our Hiring Manager, Carolyn, at 636-477-6025 to apply.

Laura McCoy. laura.mccoy@homeinstead.com, Home Instead Senior Care, 636-477-6025, www.homeinstead.com/782

 

NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Nursing Home Administrator for Mary Queen & Mother Center Skilled Nursing Facility. Responsibility for managing Mary, Queen and Mother Center in accordance with the policies and philosophy established by the Board of Directors. The Administrator plans, directs, implements and evaluates all activities of the nursing home in order to provide the highest quality care for all residents and to provide for a favorable work environment for all employees. Must meet license requirements for a nursing home administrator in the State of Missouri. Bachelor Degree in health care administration, business administration or related field; Masters Degree preferred. Minimum of five years experience in an administrative position at a health care facility or related experience. Competitive wages, excellent benefits package and nice place to work.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org  Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,

314-918-2254, www.cardinalrittereniorservices@crssstl.org 

 

SOCIAL SERVICES MANAGER

Cardinal Ritter Senior Sevices

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Social Services Manager MSW to provide clinical Social Work services and provide supervision to professional social work staff in providing Community Information and Referral; Casework Services; supervising social work staff at Adult Day Care and Assisted Living Facilities. Responsible for data management and grant reporting for department.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org  Cardinal Ritter Senior Services,

314-918-2254, www.cardinalrittereniorservices@crssstl.org 

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF NURSING

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire an Assistant Director of Nursing to assist the Director of Nursing in coordinating, directing, staffing, and evaluating the 24 hour operation of Nursing Services in order to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Competitive wages and excellent benefits. Previous work experience required for success in the position. Current Missouri registered nursing license, or current Missouri licensed practical nursing license is required with at least five (5) years experience in long term care. Knowledge of regulations pertaining to long term care and medical records. Competitive wage and excellent benefits package.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

314-918-2254. www.cardinalrittereniorservices@crssstl.org

 

APARTMENT MANAGER

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire an Apartment Manager for its HUD facility St. John Neumann Apartments to provide on-site apartment management. Works closely with staff, applicants and residents to provide quality care through promotion of health and social services including economical, spiritual and emotional needs of residents.  Associate degree in Business Administration or Accounting is desired. Certification, or the ability to be certified, by an agency such as Quadel, is required. Experience in apartment management is preferred. Knowledge of and experience working with computers, capable of using Microsoft Excel and Word programs necessary. Competitive wages and excellent benefits package.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org  Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

314-918-2254, www.cardinalrittereniorservices@crssstl.org 

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Lutheran Senior Services

Are you organized and good with numbers? Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults manage these financial tasks. Volunteer Money Management is currently available in the greater St. Louis area, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. This free program is an interfaith partnership between Lutheran Senior Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and AgeSmart Community Resources. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at www.lssmoneymanagement.org

Laural Crues, Laural.Crues@LSSLiving.org  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474,

www.LSSMoneyManagement.org  

 

HOME AIDES / PERSONAL CARE AIDES

Pyramid Home Health

Pyramid Home Health has immediate openings for Homemaker Aides/Personal Care Aides in St. Louis City and St. Louis county. Do you have a friend or family member needing assistance with household chores or personal care? Would you like a new career helping people age at home? Pyramid Home Health Services has the job for you. We will beat other provider’s hourly pay rates and you will receive up to 80- hours of bonus paid time off (PTO). Additionally, both full and part time employees earn PTO at Pyramid- up to 80-hours annually. You can take this paid time off or choose to take it as additional pay. Full-time employees of Pyramid also receive 6-paid holidays annually and medical insurance for $30 per month. Call 1-800-699-1746 or visit our website (www.pyramidhhs.com) and apply online. Pyramid Home Health Services is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA

Mary Tripp, mtripp@pyramidhhs.com  Pyramid Home Health Services, 573-339-1864, www.pyramidhhs.com


CNA’s AND HOME MAKER AIDES

A Mother’s Touch In-Home Health Care

Now looking for mature and dependable CNA's & Home-Maker Aides to serve St.Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Peters, and South St Louis City. Please call now.

Barbara Jackson, amtinhomehealth@gmail.com  A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100, www.amotherstouchinhomehealth.com


     HEALTH & WELLNESS

TAI CHI

Wednesdays through August 23 – 1:30 p.m.

Garden Villas South Retirement and Assisted Living Community

Garden Villas South Retirement and Assisted Living Community presents Tai Chi, every Wednesday through August 23 at 1:30 p.m. Instructed by Mike Guill, this class can help improve balance and circulation, decrease stress and increase your focus. To reserve your space, please call 314-843-7788 or email smills@delmargardens.com

13457 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63128

Stacy Mills, smills@delmargardens.com, Garden Villas South, 314-843-7788

 

TRAIL MIX CHALLENGE

August 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fabick Nature Preserve

Fenton Trail Mix Challenge: Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come tackle this 2 mile course at Fabick Nature Preserve, sponsored by Commerce Bank. This course may sound easy at first, but with the steep hilly terrain, wooded trails, and of course the obstacles set up along the way, this run will "Challenge" even the best of runners. Top 3 male and female finishers will be announced. Ages 12 and older will be allowed to participate.

Angie Meyer, ameyer@fentonmo.org   RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067, https://www.facebook.com/events/797138193775144/  

 

PROGRAM ON DYNAMIC AGING

August 27 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Congregation B’Nai Amoona

“Dynamic Aging", Living Life with Gusto and Purpose program presented by Vitas Healthcare and Elderlink St. Louis.  The event provides an opportunity for seniors to meet with over 15 agencies offering volunteer opportunities and activities.  Agencies include Ready Readers, Humane Society and Alzheimer's Association, to name a few. In addition, a panel of distinguished experts will speak about making aging a time for physical, mental and spiritual health, fulfilling volunteering activities, and life-long learning.  Program held at Congregation: B'Nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur on Sunday August 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. Panelists include Monique Williams, M.D., M.S.C.I., Medical Director VITAS Healthcare of St. Louis, Connie Fisher, L.C.S.W. Director of Mental Health Promotion Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, and Peggy Neufeld, PhD., OTR/L, FAOTA. Research and Community Liaison St. Louis NORC.

Janice Singer, janice.singer@starresourcehomecare.com, StarResource Home Care

(314) 432-7827, www.starresourcehomecare.com

 

BIKE RIDING

Mondays, to August 28 – 9:00 a.m.

Monarch Levee Trail

Each Monday until August 28 at 9:00 a.m. join us for a leisurely bike ride on the Monarch Levee Trail. Immerse yourself in a leisurely bike ride on the paved Monarch Levee Trail. The route starts at the trailhead in the athletic complex located near the football fields. Distance will be determined by the group on the day of the event. Helmet required. Flat repair kit, water and snacks recommended. This is event is free.

Mary Klauke, mklauke@chesterfield.mo.us  City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9510, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

HYPERBARIC CENTER GRAND OPENING

August 30 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

St. Alexius Hospital

Grand opening of our Hyperbaric Center at St Alexius Hospital on August 30, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meet our care team and learn about some of the new modalities and advanced treatments in wound care therapy. Learn about the benefits of hyperbaric treatment and tour our treatment facility. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 314-256-7301. St Alexius Hospital, 3933 S Broadway, St Louis, Mo.63118 There will be refreshments and attendance prizes.

Carol Manderschied, carol.manderschied@sahstl.com, St Alexius Hospital, 314-256-7186. www.stalexiushospital.com

 

PICKLEBALL CLINICS AND ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT

September 21 and September 28

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex

Join us for our Pickleball Clinics and Round Robin Tournaments this fall. The Clinics will be held on Thursdays, September 21 and 28 at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, 17891 N Outer 40 Rd. Learn all about the game of Pickleball from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. free of charge. No registration needed except for Round Robin. Compete with your fellow pickleballers in the Round Robin Tournament on Thursday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. To participate, please email olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us by September 28, to register. All skill levels are welcome. Individuals who do not have their own paddle and balls can come into the park office and can pick up the equipment and return when finished. All that is needed to use the equipment is a valid driver license. Beginners and intermediate players will benefit from hands-on instruction from local Pickleball instructors.

Lisa Bobrzynski, communications@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation, and Arts, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

HEALTH FAIR

September 28 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. Alexius Hospital

Health Fair, "Just for the Health of It", held Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St Alexius Hospital, Peterson Hall. Please join us for free health screenings, including BMI's, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, circulatory checks, PSA blood test for prostate cancer, and free flu shots (courtesy of Walgreen's). St Alexius Hospital, 3933 S Broadway; St Louis, Mo 63118.  Please contact us at 314-865-7000 for additional information. Door prizes and refreshments.

Carol Manderschied, carol.manderschied@sahstl.com, St Alexius Hospital, 314-256-7186, www.stalexiushospital.com

 

GAME DAY

October 3 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

October 12 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 17 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

November 2 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Chesterfield City Hall

Join us for Game Day for older adults at Chesterfield City Hall on Tuesday, October 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, from 1:00 pm-2:30 p.m., from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The game event is free and to register please email, klone@chesterfield.mo.us  This fun and free event will include Mahjong, Checkers, Chess, cards, and more.  You can also bring your favorite game to play with the group. No registration required.

Lisa Bobrzynski, communications@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

BRAIN INJURY 13TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE

October 5 - 7

Marriott St. Louis West

This year’s BIA-MO 13th Annual Statewide Conference scheduled for October 5-7, 2017, promises to be another outstanding and not-to-be-missed event. The Conference will be at a new location – the Marriott St. Louis West in Chesterfield, Missouri. National and local experts share current research, innovative therapeutic strategies and best practice treatments to further develop knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for survivors of brain injury. Sessions on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6 will focus on topics of most interest to healthcare professionals, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, vocational counselors, physicians, psychologists, mental health professionals, case managers, service coordinators, and others who provide care for persons with brain injury. On Saturday, October 7, a special Survivor & Family Seminar will be held for survivors of brain injury and their families. The BIA-MO Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will also be held on Saturday. Conference Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to receive the Conference Registration Brochure, contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at Conference@biamo.org, 800-444-6443 or 314-426-4024.

Maureen Cunningham, info@biamo.org, Brain Injury Association of Missouri,

314-426-4024, www.biamo.org

 

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION EASTERN REGIONAL SEMINAR

October 7

Marriott, St. Louis West

The BIA-MO Survivor and Family Regional Seminars are held across the State and offer the same topics at each location, for individuals and families recently impacted by brain injury, as well as those who are encountering new challenges many years post-injury. Seminars were held in the Western and Southwestern regions earlier this year. The Eastern Regional Seminar will be on October 7, 2017, in conjunction with the 13th Annual Statewide Conference at the Marriott St. Louis West in Chesterfield, Missouri. The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide much needed answers, education, support and comfort for survivors of brain injury. Keynote Speaker Carter “Cardinal Cowboy” Rethwisch is a motivational speaker and survivor of brain injury. He will provide encouragement and support for individuals with brain injury and their loved ones. The BIA-MO Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon is part of this Seminar. Thanks to generous sponsors, this Seminar is free of charge for survivors and their families but registration is required. Register online at www.biamo.org, complete the registration form on page 5 of this newsletter or call the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at 314-426-4024

Maureen Cunningham, info@biamo.org, Brain Injury Association of Missouri, 314-426-4024, www.biamo.org

 

HEALTHY SENIOR DAY

October 12 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Chesterfield Family YMCA

Please join us for Healthy Senior Day on Thursday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Chesterfield Family YMCA.  No registration is needed. This is a free community event designated to provide active older adults age 55 and up with educational opportunities to help them live with greater health and happiness. For more information, contact 636.532.3100.   The event offers fitness classes, social opportunities, flu shots provided by Walgreens, community agencies and partners, screenings, volunteer opportunities, food and beverages,with giveaways and prize.

Lisa Bobrzynski. communications@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

ART PARTY

November 9 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Chesterfield Villas Retirement and Assisted Living Community

Find your inner Picasso and join us for an art party led by artist Luisa Otero Prada on Thursday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Chesterfield Villas (14901 N Outer 40 Rd).  The event fee is $20/person which includes supplies.  Registration is open to the first 20 to register. Register at olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us.  Learn painting techniques by a very talented instructor.  Registration is available to the first 20 to register by October 26. Sponsored by Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield & Chesterfield Villas.

Lisa Bobrzynski, communications@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us 

 

YMCA WOMEN WELLNESS WEEKEND

November 10 – 12

Ozarks Trout Lodge

Calling all Women! Join YMCA of the Ozarks at Trout Lodge for a 3 day Outdoor Women's Wellness Weekend! Bring yourself, your best friend, your work group, or your adult daughter to share in a weekend filled with activities to feed the mind, body and spirit. Some activities include: Trail rides on horseback, ziplining, climbing, boating, ceramics, yoga, survival training hike, self-defense for women, yoga, shotgun basics, archery, painting with wine, and more. This is an adults only weekend, 2 night, 3 day stay at Trout Lodge, November 10-12, 2017. Please contact Ashley Lanier for registration details: 573-438-2154 ext 223 or Ashley.lanier@gwrymca.org . We look forward to seeing you!

Ashley Lanier, ashley.lanier@gwrymca.org  YMCA Trout Lodge, 573-438-2154,

www.Troutlodge.org  

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Mondays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hylton Point

You are invited to participate in a weekly free wellness screening. Screenings for individuals over 55 include: blood pressure readings, weight check, blood sugar readings, as well as prayer and spiritual support by a Lutheran Senior Services Parish Nurse. Every reading is taken by a Wellness Kiosk with print outs available to take to your doctor. Don't miss this free resource today. Hylton Point Apartments, 933 Belt Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63112. Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Savanna to make an appointment 314-367-7697.

Savanna Little, savanna.litali@lssliving.org  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697, www.lssliving.org   

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Tuesdays - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LSS Rose Hill House

Take control of your health and take control of your life. Wellness Kiosks are specialized computers operated by our Parish Nurses. The kiosks measure blood pressure, weight and blood glucose levels. With our LSS Registered Parish Nurse on hand in the kiosk, you can stay on track with your health. This free service is now being offered at LSS Rose Hill House, Affordable Housing for seniors, every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 225 West Rose Hill Avenue in the beautiful heart of Kirkwood, MO. Call 314-822-4928 for your appointment today.

Vanessa Fakes, vanessa.fakes@lssliving.org  LSS Rose Hill House I & II, 314-822-4928, www.lssliving.org   

 

FREE HEALTH SCREENING

Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Village at Mackenzie Place

Free Health Screening with a Parish Nurse. Insurance information not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services at The Village at Mackenzie Place, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 314-884-7909.

Melita Hodzic, melita.hodzic@lssliving.org  Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hilltop Manor

Hilltop Manor, a Lutheran Senior Services senior community is offering free wellness screenings with a Parish Nurse. Screenings include blood pressure readings, blood sugar screenings, and pulse and weight checks for all seniors 55+. A parish nurse is also available for prayer, spiritual support and resources. Many who are already taking advantage of this program are aware of the positive benefits it brings to their health. Please pass this on to any family or church members, friends or home health aides that may be interested. Call Michelle Herrick, Service Coordinator, for your appointment. Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 636-938-6442, 11 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Eureka, MO 63025.

Michelle Herrick, michelle.herrick@lssliving.org  Lutheran Senior Services, 636-938-6442, www.lssliving.org  

 

GERIATRIC ASSESSMENT CLINIC

First Thursday of the Month

Health Resource Center

Saint Louis University’s Health Resource Center and the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) are offering a free comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic for people 65 years of age or older, on the first Thursday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd #213, St. Louis, MO, 63113. A comprehensive assessment is more extensive than a screening appointment. The appointment is approximately two hours in length and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutrition and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment please contact the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462.

Kathy Leonard, leona12@slu.edu  Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848, www.aging.slu.edu   

 

PARTNERING WITH PETS

It's Doggone Adorable! Stonecrest at Clayton View teams with the APA to bring its residents some cuddly medicine through anecdotes and research.  It's well-known that pets can help people of all ages reduce stress, loneliness, depression, lower blood pressure and more. However, as a person ages, they often can no longer sufficiently care for a pet on a daily basis. As part of its “Vibrant Life” program, Stonecrest at Clayton View has recently teamed with the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) to find a way that animals, specifically puppies and kittens, can be a part of the extended family at Stonecrest and enrich the lives of their residents. This past February, Uber partnered with the APA and brought a few puppies for 15 minutes of cuddles to Stonecrest at Clayton View, the newly opened residential care community located in Richmond Heights, through its #UberPuppies project. This sparked an idea with the staff at Stonecrest, as some of their employees had occasionally brought their own dogs in for a day here and there, but nothing on a regular basis.  To learn more of this story, please contact us.

Annemarie  Schumacher, media@schumachercreative.com  Stonecrest at Clayton View

314-475-5616, http://www.stonecrestatclaytonview.com  

 

IN-HOME AND CDS SERVICES

Healthline In-Home and CDS

Do you are someone you know have Medicaid that would like to remain in the comfort of their home but need help with daily living activities? If you answered yes, then contact us now for a free consultation Healthline In-Home and CDS, 636-386-8323. This is an alternative to going to a nursing home and allows for you to stay in your home where your heart and love is.

Lacey Moore, l.moore@myhlhc.com   Healthline In-home and CDS, 636-386-8323

 

ARE HIP OR KNEE PAIN AND CHRONIC STIFFNESS HOLDING YOU BACK?

DesPeres Hospital

Orthopedic Seminars at Des Peres Hospital If hip or knee pain and chronic stiffness are keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Board-certified surgeons, nurses and therapists who specialize in orthopedic care. Join us at an upcoming seminar with an orthopedic specialist: https://www.despereshospital.com/conquer-joint-pain-seminar

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com  Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare),

314-966-9695, www.despereshospital.com  

 

WE CARE MOBILE DENTAL

Dr. Michael Travis, Pine Lawn Dental

While practicing general dentistry for many years, Dr. Michael Travis of Pine Lawn Dental has noticed an unfortunate trend with his clientele. Many people struggle to find transportation to and from the office, and instead choose to only call for an appointment when they have an emergency dental need. Treating these emergency situations is very costly, and could easily be avoided with annual preventative care. Recognizing a great need for this care, We Care Mobile Dental was created by Dr. Travis and is currently serving over 40 independent, assisted and skilled living facilities. We accept most major dental insurances as well as Medicaid. Please contact us at 314-246-8090 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website at www.wecaremobiledental.com and let us bring our services and teledentistry technology to your facility to provide prevention education and preventative procedures to you or your loved ones.

Meghan Travis, wecaremobiledental@gmail.com  We Care Mobile Dental, 314-276-8090, www.wecaremobiledental.com  


     LECTURES & CONT. EDUCATION

ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS LECTURE

August 25 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Centerpointe Hospital

Centerpointe Hospital Behavioral Health lecture to be held Friday, August 25, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with Registration at 7:30 a.m. The lecture topic is adolescent depression, anxiety and stress. The presenter is Baker Symes, MA, LPC.  The lecture location is Centerpointe Hospital Gym, 4801 Weldon Spring Pkwy, St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304.  Please RSVP to dmorgan@cphmo.net.  No Cost.

Sheila  Hunt, sahunt@cphmo.net, Centerpointe Hospital, 636-345-6150,

www.CenterpointeHospital.com


COGNITIVE STIMULATION THERAPY INTRODUCTION

October 16 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. Louis University

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) offers one-day training on Monday, October 16, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. held at Saint Louis University. This one-day training will provide an introduction to Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), an evidence-based non-pharmacologic intervention for use with persons experiencing mild to moderate memory impairment. Presented by an inter-professional team of faculty and practitioners, completion of this workshop will prepare participants to organize and facilitate group and individual CST interventions. A fee of $100 includes continental breakfast, lunch, CEU's and CST training manuals. Details and Registration available at https://slu.cloud-cme.com/APH.aspx?P=10&EID=8403

Kathy Leonard, kathleen.leonard@health.slu.edu, Gateway Geriatric Education Center

314-977-8450, https://slu.cloud-cme.com/APH.aspx?EID=8403&P=5


ALCL ANNUAL MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM

November 2 – 5

Hilton, St. Louis Frontenac

ALCL midwest chapter is holding their annual meeting and symposium in St. Louis,  November 2-5 at the Hilton, St. Louis Frontenac. The theme is Gateway to Life Care- The Art of Caring. The schedule will be available for viewing in September on the Aging Life Care Association web site, or look at the ALCA newsletter on the following web site: http://www.aginglifecare.org/ALCA/Regional_Chapters/Midwest_Chapter/Midwest_Chapter_Newsletters.aspx

Judy Mange, mangej@msn.com, Aging Life Care Association (TM), 314-962-9115,

www.aginglifecare.org


     ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BRING THE GRANDKIDS TO EXPLORE NATURE AND WILDLIFE

August 16 - 6:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton

Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 years, join us August 16 at 6:00 p.m. for a fun and exciting night which includes exploring, crafting, story time and a snack. Our nature and wildlife expert, Jill Wider, will introduce you to the wonderful, wild side of nature. Each month will focus on a different theme ranging anywhere from pollinators, to "what is wild vs. pet?" to birds, frogs, and "becoming a nature detective." Fee: $10 per child (Parents are free)

Angie Meyer, ameyer@fentonmo.org,  RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067, https://www.facebook.com/events/746801862154798/

 

TRIVIA NIGHT

August 19 – 7:00 p.m.

Join the VOYCE Young Professionals Board on August 19 for an evening of trivia, games, and more at Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. Buy a table of 8 for $160 or purchase individual tickets for $25 each (because of logistics, individual ticket sales are limited and first come first served). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. Games, raffles and a silent auction will be held between rounds. This year's theme is Superheroes. Come dressed as your favorite superhero to win the title of Best Costume or team up with your group and compete for the title of Best Table Decorations. For more information and to reserve your table today, contact Ashley Averbeck at aaverbeck@voycestl.org or 314-919-2408

Becky White, Bwhite@voycestl.org, VOYCE, 314-919-2406, www.voycestl.org

 

ST, LOUIS BANJO CLUB PERFORMANCE

August 24 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Schlafly’s Bottleworks

Please join us from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Schafly's Bottleworks on August 24, 2017.  The St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of lively music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". Sing along and listen to 15 banjo players playing the songs you know. Schafly's is located at 7260 Southwest (at Manchester), St. Louis, MO 63143. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: www.stlouisbanjoclub.org There will be table seating and full cash bar with full menu for food purchase.

Don Demps, dldempsey@earthlink.net, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185, www.stlouisbanjoclub.org

 

5th ANNUAL DOGGIE DUNK

September 5 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton

Join us as we have a night of fun with our furry friends at the 5th Annual Doggie Dunk on September 5th. Proof of updated vaccinations, DHLPP and rabies required before entering the pool. Special thanks to Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary, Hospital Bentley Animal Hospital, and Ryan Fico State Farm. This event will be held rain or shine (thundering/lightening cause for cancellation). 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will not be able to enter until designated time.  $10 per dog and handler, $7 per additional dog, max. 2 dogs per handler, $3 per each additional human.

Angie Meyer, ameyer@fentonmo.org , RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067, https://www.facebook.com/events/1763594463952520/

 

CALLING ALL BRIDGE ENTHUSIASTS

September 5 – 7

Trout Lodge

Calling all Bridge Enthusiasts! Join us at Trout Lodge for our Bridge Break, September 5-7, 2017. This is a 2 night, 3 day Bridge workshop for beginners to seasoned players. Please call Trout Lodge for more information at 573-438-2154, or email ashley.lanier@gwrymca.org for a registration form. See you there!

Ashley Lanier ashley.lanier@gwrymca.org, Trout Lodge YMCA of the Ozarks, 573-438-2154, www.Troutlodge.org

 

ST. LOUIS STRUTTERS

September 6 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Missouri History Museum

Maturity and Its Muse, in partnership with The Missouri History Museum, proudly presents The Silver Stages Series: Performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans.  Fall 2017, we promise you and your friends will love them all. Wednesday, September 6. The St. Louis Strutters will perform.  They have been performing fast tapping precision dance routines with a rich history of skill and dedication to their talent for thirty years. Fashioned from the early 1900’s, Jazz to Broadway, this high-kicking chorus line perform rhythm tap dances with style and glamour. Admission is free at The Missouri History Museum in the E. Desmond Lee Auditorium, offering handicapped access.  Doors open at10:00 a.m. with performance 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  For information, contact Lynn Hamilton at 314-420-1444 or lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org 

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444, www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

VETERAN HONOR PROGRAM

September 6 – 9:30 a.m.

Veteran’s Honor Park

Join us for a program honoring veterans at the beautiful new Veterans Honor Park on Wednesday, September 6 at 9:30 am.  Learn about the park’s design and its mission to educate future generations on the commitment, service and sacrifices of our Armed Forces. The Veterans Honor Park is an inviting, uplifting, and engaging place for people to gather in honor of veterans. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free.  Registration is required. To register, please contact Kathy Lone at 636-812-9501 or email klone@chesterfield.mo.us.

Lisa Bobrzynski, communications@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts, 636-812-9502, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

MATURITY AND ITS MUSE, “LADY IN THE VAN”

September 11

Creve Coeur AMC Theater

Maturity and Its Muse and The Creve Coeur Arts Committee present the 5th annual Silver Screen Series, films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Free film Monday, September 11 "Lady in the Van" starring Maggie Smith.  Film begins at 1:00 p.m. with doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Free admission at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd, 63141.  For additional information, contact Lynn Hamilton at lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,

www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

ST. LOUIS CELEBRITY SENIORS DIAMOND TOUR

September 11 – 8:00 a.m.

Diamond Tours

Travel with St. Louis Celebrity Seniors to The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum by motor coach for 5 days and 4 nights, September 11 - 15, 2017. This Diamond Tours cover lodging, 8 meals, dinner party with entertainment, admission to the Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Newport Aquarium, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and more. Departing from North Oak Shopping Center, St. Louis, MO at 8 a.m. For more information, call Regina at 314-869-6306.

V. Judi  Sams, sams10761@aol.com, St. Louis Celebrity Seniors, Inc., 314-869-2589,

www.stlouiscelebrityseniors.org

 

ST. LOUIS RENIASSANCE FESTIVAL

September 16 – October 15

Wentzville, MO Rotary Park

Mid-America Festivals announces the 2017 dates for the St. Louis Renaissance Festival, celebrating our 19th year in Wentzville. Join us on weekends, beginning Saturday, September 16 and running through Sunday, October 15. Enjoy competitions, entertainment, shopping, and turkey legs! The festival will be held at Rotary Park in Wentzville. Each day, gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Follow us on social media (@stlrenfest) or visit our website (www.stlrenfest.com) for more information.

Emily Fisher, efisher@renaissancefest.com, St. Louis Renaissance Festival, 636-639-5173, www.stlrenfest.com

 

MATURITY AND ITS MUSE, “I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS”

September 18

Creve Coeur AMC Theater

Maturity and Its Muse and The Creve Coeur Arts Committee present the 5th annual Silver Screen Series: films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Free film Monday, September 18, "I’ll See You in My Dreams" starring Blythe Danner.   Film begins at 1:00 p.m. with doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Free Admission at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd, 63141.  For additional information contact Lynn Hamilton at lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,

www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

MATURITY AND ITS MUSE, “THE NOTEBOOK”

September 25

Creve Coeur AMC Theater

Maturity and Its Muse and The Creve Coeur Arts Committee present the 5th annual Silver Screen Series, films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Free film Monday, September 25, “The Notebook”, starring Ryan Gosling.  Film begins at 1:00 p.m. with doors open at 12:30 p.m.  Free admission at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd, 63141.  For additional information, contact Lynn Hamilton at lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444,

www.maturityanditsmuse.org


     ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW OFFICE LOCATION

The law office of Christine A. Gilsinan

August 15

The law office of Christine A. Gilsinan, LLC, Estates and Elder Law Attorney, is moving to a new location (in Webster Groves, MO) effective August 15, 2017. The new office is in the Webster Groves Bank of America building (one block from the current location) at 75 West Lockwood (at the corner of Lockwood and Gore).The phone number remains the same: 314-962-0760. Christine and paralegal Helen Paulik look forward to serving clients at the new location.

Christine Gilsinan, cag@solaw.com, Christine A. Gilsinan, LLC, 314-962-0760,

http://www.seniorlegalservices.com

 

TRIVIA NIGHT

August 19 – 7:00 p.m.

Five Star Senior Center

Join the VOYCE Young Professionals Board for an evening of trivia and comradery​ on Saturday, August 19. This year's theme will be Superheroes.​ ​Come in your best costume and compete for the title of Best Dressed​. ​An award will also be given for best table decorations​. ​Games, raffle and a silent auction sponsored by local St. Louis businesses will be held between rounds.​ ​Some drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well as snacks! ​Register online at www.voycestl.org ​or by calling 314-918-8222.  Event to be held at Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. ​ ​Doors open at 6:00 p.m.and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m.

Michelle Rowe, mrowe@voycestl.org, VOYCE, 314-918-8222, www.voycestl.org  

 

MIDWEST CHILDREN’S BURN CAMP FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER

September 7 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Burns Recovered and Neiman Marcus will present, More Than a Fashion Show, benefitting Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC) from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The fifth annual event raises funds for children surviving serious burn injuries, helping them find hope and build confidence to cope with their bodies. Neiman Marcus will host the elegant evening of cocktails, light bites, fashion, and special presentations from young burn survivors who will share their stories of triumph over burns. “Most of these kids have been through months or years of medical treatment. Many are left with severe scarring,” says Sheri Sherman, event co-chair. In August, the camp will celebrate its 21st year of creating fun and friendships for burn-injured kids. "Burn Camp is a week of conquering fears, learning determination, and building self-esteem, - but mostly it’s just fun” adds Sherman. For information or tickets to attend the event as well as sponsorship information contact Burns Recovered at www.BRSG.org or 314-997-2757.

Lynn Huelsmann, lynn@brsg.org, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757, www.brsg.org

 

SECOND ANNUAL PUTT-PUTT TOURNAMENT

September 13 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice

The 2nd Annual Putt-Putt tournament hosted by Debra K. Schuster & Associates will be jointly hosted this year with Care Choice Care Management. This event is free to the public and is to thank our clients, friends and colleagues with an opportunity for fun and networking so join us on Thursday, September 13, with a rain date of Friday, September 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice, 13502 Big Bend Rd., St. Louis MO 63122. Net proceeds are being donated to the St. Louis Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, in honor of the inspiration and creator of this event, Lisa O'Dell. We welcome additional sponsors - anyone interested should contact Debbie Schuster at 314-991-2602 or Maria Miskovic at 636-288-1764. A great time is guaranteed for all.

Debra Schuster, dks_law2002@yahoo.com, Debra K. Schuster & Associates, 314-991-2602, www.dschuster.com

 

BURNS RECOVERED ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT

September 16 – 5:45 p.m.

Crestwood Community Center

Burns Recovered presents its 12th annual trivia night, benefitting our largest and most successful program, Midwest Children's Burn Camp (MCBC) on Saturday, September 16 at Crestwood Community Center. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m.  The cost to participate is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8. For more information or to reserve your table, visit www.brsg.org or call 314-997-2757.

Lynn Huelsmann, lynn@brsg.org, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757, www.brsg.org

 

ANNUAL CAREGIVER AWARDS LUNCHEON

November 30

Join VOYCE on November 30, 2017 for the Annual Caregiver Awards Luncheon. The Caregiver Awards Luncheon honors exceptional caregivers and lifetime achievers within the long-term care industry. Show the community you support quality long-term care: Sponsorships due August 31, 2017. Recognize your exceptional employees or volunteers: Nominations due September 30, 2017. Purchase early bird tickets: Discount tickets available through November 7, 2017. Don't miss out on the long-term care event of the year! Last year, 600 attendees honored 100 nominees from 54 organizations.

Michelle Rowe, info@voycestl.org, VOYCE, 314-918-8222, www.voycestl.org

 

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LINC Inc.

LINC Inc is proud to announce that we have a new Executive Director, Lynn Hatfield. Ms. Hatfield took over the Executive Director position July 1, 2017 and looks forward to leading LINC Inc. into the future with a focus on Independent living in a changing political and funding environment.

Lynn Jarman, ljarman@lincinc.org, LINC Inc, 618-235-9988, www.lincinc.org

 

OUTPATIENT OSTOMY CLINIC

Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic

Mercy Hyberbarics and Wound Care has started an Outpatient Ostomy Clinic at the Studt Avenue location. The clinic offers education and support services aimed at improving the quality of life for patients who have had or are going to have ostomy surgery. The goal is to help prepare patients to adapt to life with their ostomy and return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic is staffed by certified ostomy care nurses and nurses specially trained in the care and management of an ostomy. We provide a full range of services for patients with an ostomy, as well as fistula wound management. The clinic is located at 11700 Studt Avenue, Creve Couer, MO 63141 and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 314-989-1181 to set up your appointment today.

Lisa Hezel, lisa.hezel@mercy.net, Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care St. Louis,

314-989-1181, https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-hyperbaric-and-wound-care-studt-avenue

 

EVELYN’S HOUSE HELPS MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT AT END OF LIFE

Barnes-Jewish County Hospital Hospice House

Evelyn’s House helps ‘make every moment count’ at end of life. New BJC hospice house in Creve Coeur offers compassionate care for adults, teens, children and families.  Evelyn’s House, the new BJC hospice house, located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, MO, is open and accepting patients. With 16 beds, the spacious 18,000-square-foot ranch style house, offers a full array of services and support for adults, children and their families. Features include:  16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children, walkout patio from every suite, Hospice-specialized care team, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and gardens, kids and teen activity room, with a salon and spa. For more information call 314-996-8100 or visit bjchospice.org/evelynshouse.

Cara Lotspeich, cara.lotspeich@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759, www.bjchospice.org

 

BILINGUAL INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES

Welcome Neighbor Yard Signs

Since 2002, Bilingual International Assistant Services has provided services for older immigrants, refugees and under-served native born citizens. Relying primarily on grants and donations for sustainability, the agency is selling "Welcome Neighbor" yard signs for $10 as a fundraiser. Signs may be obtained at our office, 1329 Macklind Ave, or delivered to mid-St. Louis County locations. For information, please contact Gail Thomas, 314-645-7600 ext. 100. To view the sign, click on: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tyaknhsoo53xl3z/Neighbor%20Yard%20Sign.jpg?dl=0  

Ellen Sherman, ellen.sherman@bilingualstl.org,  Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800, www.bilingualstl.org

 

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, Assisted Living and Memory Care Community

Mark Fontana has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, a newly opened 84-unit assisted living/memory care community at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, MO. Fontana has more than 25 years of diverse experience in medical service and geriatric care administration. Prior to joining The Sheridan, the U.S. Army veteran was administrator of the Missouri Veterans Commission – St. Louis. The Sheridan at Laumeier Park is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill. The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.

Teresa Schroeder, teresa.schroeder@caseycomm.com, 314-721-2828

 

OFFICIAL INSTALLER FOR VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION RAMPS

Promise Home Works

Promise Home Works, a veteran-owned and VA Certified Contractor, has achieved accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and was awarded the contract as the official installer for VA ramps in the St. Louis and surrounding area.

Lynn Potts, lynn@promisehomeworks.com,  Promise Home Works, 314-494-4940, www.promisehomeworks.com

 

UNITED ACCESS PARTNERS WITH PERFORMANCE MOBILITY

United Access has officially welcomed Performance Mobility to the United Access family. Performance Mobility, a leading mobility dealership with nine locations across the country's western regions, is eager to help even more people with disabilities find independence on the road. Performance Mobility's mission, which is to exceed each and every customer's expectations from first contact to complete satisfaction of their needs, aligns directly with the values of United Access; we both believe in serving our customers to the best of our abilities. "The goal in bringing together two of the best companies in America is to combine the best practices of both and leverage our people, our skills and our markets to create the premier mobility dealer in the country," offers Kevin Durban, President of Performance Mobility. "We firmly believe the Performance Mobility will be a tremendous addition to United Access. However, we also recognize that this acquisition is the largest we've completed to date. We would not be able to grow so quickly without the dedicated work of each and every one of you," says Jeff Brummett, Vice President, United Access.

Nicole Huguley, nhuguley@unitedaccess.com,  United Access, 877-501-8267, www.unitedaccess.com

 

ADULT PROGRAMS OFFERED AT TROUT LODGE

YMCA Trout Lodge

Trout Lodge is located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis, YMCA Trout Lodge is a country-style resort and conference center located on 5200 acres with a 360-acre lake. Trout Lodge has many fun & educational adults-only programs for those who like to travel and meet other lifelong learners, with something for every activity level. Whether in a group, as a couple or yourself, you will have an amazing time exploring new adventures and making new friends. April's programs include a trip to Elephant Rocks State park, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, zip line and much more. There will also be plenty of time to kick back and relax along the banks of the lake. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities. To receive a complete list of 2017 activities, go to www.troutlodge.org, click on "Stay", click on "Adult Programs" and click on the 2017 Adult Program Guide. Or you can simply call 888-FUN-YMCA and ask for a booklet be mailed to you. Happy exploring.

Dillon Charleville, dillon.charleville@gwrymca.org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622, www.troutlodge.org

 

VETERAN HOME ASSISTANCE MODIFICATIONS

Promise Home Works

Veteran owned and VA Certified Contractor, Promise Home Works, was awarded the VA's contract for installing grab bars for qualified veterans. To find out if you are eligible for VA grants for home modifications such as ramps, grab bars, tub-to-shower conversions, door widening, etc contact Lynn at Promise Home Works at 314-494-4940 or go to promisehomeworks.com and click on VA Grants tab.

Lynn Potts, lynn@promisehomeworks.com, Promise Home Works, 314-494-4940

www.promisehomeworks.com


     HONORS & RECOGNITION

CONGRATULATIONS

Alzheimer’s Certification

Congratulations to Angela Haas for achieving Alzheimers Certification as a Cares Dementia Specialist. Angela additionally holds Certification as Dementia Practitioner, working directly with families, medical professionals, and agencies.  Angela speaks at many venues concerning the effect of dementia on families, in the acute setting, how to engage, decrease "challenging" behaviors and increase better successful days. For more information or to request Angela as a speaker feel free to contact her at 314-277-0851

Angela Haas, Stllady2015@gmail.com 314-277-0851

 

“TNT” CLIENT DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Edward Jones

Jeff Ponte Receives the "TNT" Client Development Award Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jeff Ponte of Chesterfield MO recently received the "TNT" Client Development Award for his outstanding service efforts over the past year. Only 483 of the firm's more than 15,000 financial advisors received the award. The award derives its name from firm legends who, in the 1950s, traveled the Midwest from Tuesday through Thursday each week, becoming known as "TNT" brokers. "When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service," Ponte said, "it's quite an honor to be singled out for your service record." Jim Weddle, Edward Jones' managing partner, added, "Jeff is an outstanding member of the Edward Jones team who personifies an ideal financial advisor, someone who is 100% dedicated to serving the financial needs of his clients. I am very pleased to present this well-deserved award." Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. The firm's 15,000-plus financial advisors work directly with more than 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 5 on Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017. Member SIPC

Jeff  Ponte, jeffrey.ponte@edwardjones.com, Edward Jones, 314-469-1696,

www.edwardjones.com

 

ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Nancy and Al Siwak will be presented with the 2017 Alzheimer’s Community Service Award to honor their dedication to the Memory Care Home Solutions mission. Nancy and Al will be presented with the award on Nov. 16 at the 11th annual Memories and Melodies gala. “Nancy and Al have championed our mission from day one, and opened up a new network of families to serve.” – Lisa Baron, Founder and Executive Director, Memory Care Home Solutions. The gala will be held at the Chase Park Plaza, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Memory Care Home Solutions is also asking for item donations to be auctioned during the event. Tickets, sponsorship and program ads are available for reservation online at www.memorycarehs.org (select the events tab).

Nick Clark, nclark@memorycarehs.org, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-477-4149,

www.memorycarehs.org


     SUPPORT & COUNSELING

HEALING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesdays, August 15 – September 5

Bethesda Hawthorne Place

Healing Through Grief, a 6-week grief support group, will continue to meet every Tuesday August 15 through September 5, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bethesda Hawthorne Place, 1st Floor Activity Room, 1111 S Berry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122.  This is free of charge, facilitated by Leslie Schaeffer, MSW, LCSW and Kelly Stickley, MSW, LMSW.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 314-373-7025 or email llschaeffer@bethesdahealth.org.

Kelly Stickley, klstickley@bethesdahealth.org, Bethesda Hospice Care, (314) 373-7041,

www.bethesdahealth.org

 

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP

First Saturday of the Month at 10:30 a.m. , 3rd Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, 14561 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, Missouri. We also meet at Mercy Hospital Washington please call 636-394-0968 for days and times.

Cam Compton, jaacaa@aol.com,  Miracles in Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968

 

TIPS FOR SENIORS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY

First Bank

First Bank offers tips for seniors to protect themselves from elder financial abuse.  Experts call elder financial abuse the “crime of the 21st century”.  Seniors need to protect themselves from financial exploitation and abuse. To help seniors protect themselves, First Bank offers these tips:  Don’t be threatened or intimidated. Never let yourself get rushed into a deal.  Plan ahead to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are followed.  Check references and credentials of anyone who wants to work in your home.  Do not allow people working for you to have access to or information about your finances.  Never give personal information to anyone who phones you.  Consult with a financial advisor or attorney before signing any document you do not understand.  Never pay a fee or taxes to collect “winnings”.  Feel free to say “no”, after all, it is your money.

Greg Severin, gseverin@lentsandassoc.com, Lents and Associates, 314-968-3060

 

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH MEMORY PROBLEMS?

The Medical Family Therapy Program at St. Louis University

The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is conducting a study to see if an interactive group can help individuals improve memory and mood. Participants take part in a variety of fun activities such as music recall, art projects, historical events, life storybooks and more! The group is facilitated by a faculty member and graduate students. The participant must have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia. Participants (both the individual and caregiver) have a chance to receive up to $30 in Target gift cards throughout the study. The study runs once a week for 14 weeks at The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy (3700 Lindell Blvd. Ste 1100). To participate or simply for additional information, please contact the Primary Investigator, Max Zubatsky, at 314-977-2496 or zubatskyjm@slu.edu

Max Zubatsky, zubatskyjm@slu.edu, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,

https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/medical-family-therapy-program/the-memory-clinic

 

DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE WITH DEMINTIA?

Second Wednesday each Month

Brentmoor Retirement Community

Do you have a loved one with dementia? Are you looking for some activities or outings for them? Do you need a break yourself? Do you need questions answered concerning what is happening with your loved one? How about a memory cafe activity and discussion? Come Join Comfortcare HomeCare St. Louis and VITAS Healthcare for an engaging and relaxing activity, game, craft and music (Name that Tune and Karaoke). Sing those old songs with your loved ones or paint a picture. Each month has a different theme and activity, All the activities are customized for those with Dementia such as Alzheimers, Frontal Temporal etc., ranging from the early stages to late stage. Feel free to bring them along. We will also discuss any concerns with Dementia care and how to overcome them. Events held the second Wednesday each month at 2:00 p.m. at Brentmoor Retirement Community, 8600 Delmar Blvd # 1200, St. Louis, MO 63124. Free to attend, RSVP is required 314-965-6900

Angela Haas, Stllady2015@gmail.com, ComForCare St. Louis, 314-277-0851

 

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Third Wednesday of the Month

Bethesda Health Group

Join us to discuss the challenges that come with caregiving and find solutions in a supportive group setting. The third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Health Group, Inc., 1630 Des Peres Road Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63131.  This is open to all caregivers. Caregiving can be immediate physical care or long-distance care provided to family, friend, or loved one. All caregivers have concerns and insights to share; we welcome all types.  The group is presented as a free service of Bethesda Hospice Care. For more information or questions, please feel free to contact the Bethesda Bereavement Team at 314-373-7025. Leslie Schaffer, LMSW, Kelly Haner, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator Bereavement Assistant LLSchaeffer@bethesdahealth.org or KLHaner@bethesdahealth.org. 

Kelly  Haner, klhaner@bethesdahealthgroup.org, Bethesda Hospice Care, 314-373-7025, https://www.bethesdahealth.org/

 

FRONTO-TEMPORAL DEMENTIA: THE BASICS, RESEARCH AND COPING

Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Alzheimer’s Association Office

The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is now offering a Fronto-Temporal Dementia Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. beginning March 2017. The support group will meet at the Alzheimer’s Association office located at 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. This is a free group for caregivers of someone who has Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Pick’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or Corticobasal Syndrome. A caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. Before attending, please call the facilitator to confirm the group is meeting at its usual date and time, and to check for specific directions to the meeting location. Group Facilitators: Ashley Blattel, 636-262-0163.

Lindy Noel, lnoel@alz.org, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900, www.alz.org/stl

 

SOCIAL GROUPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MILD TO MODERATE DEMENTIA

Morrissey Hall at Saint Louis University

Are you a caregiver of a loved one with dementia and looking for a group or activity for them to engage in? The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is now running social groups for those with mild to moderate dementia. The purpose of the group is to help improve cognition and memory in those with dementia, while helping them engage with others in a group format. The first group will look to start in mid-May. Groups are usually 75 minutes long and are twice per week over seven weeks. They take place in Morrissey Hall at the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. For further details or to sign up, please contact Max Zubatsky at 314-977-2496 or email at zubatskyjm@slu.edu..

Max Zubatsky, zubatskyjm@slu.edu, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496, https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/medical-family-therapy-program/the-memory-clinic


     IN SEARCH OF...

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS

Jewish Family & Children’s Services Olivette Food Pantry

The food pantry plans to feed 6,500 people this month. The food pantry, located in Olivette, needs adult volunteers (18 and older), to help Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To inquire, please contact Chelsey at 314-513-1674 or cbanaskavich@jfcs-stl.org

Chelsey Banaskavich, cbanaskavich@jfcs-stl.org, Jewish Family & Children's Service,

314-513-1674

 

SENIOR MEAL ASSISTANT

Wentzville Assisted Living Community

Wentzville area - looking for part-time work? I am searching for someone to sit with an elderly resident at an assisted living community during lunch and/or dinner to encourage and assist with meals. Resident has Parkinson's and Dementia and needs assistance with meals. If interested, please contact Sue by email at sue@hcstl.com. Please let me know what days and meal times you would be available, experience working with the elderly and pay requirements. Might be perfect for a retiree or student as supplemental income.

Sue Richardson, sue@hcstl.com, 314-550-7475

 

ANYONE NEEDING HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program

St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) will staff a truck at Overland Farmers Market from 9 am to noon on Saturday August 5 to collect donations of used or new home health equipment. Non-profit St. Louis HELP loans reconditioned wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, scooters, shower chairs, tub benches, grab bars, pediatric equipment and other medical equipment to anyone absolutely free. Call St. Louis HELP at 314 567 4700, or see the website http://www.stlhelp.org. The Overland Farmers Market is at 2512 Woodson Road. See website http://overlandfarmersmarket.com.

Jeff Dunlap, jmdpr2@gmail.com, St. Louis HELP Warehouse, 314-409-5203,

http://www.stlhelp.org

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS

Lutheran Senior Services

Are you organized and good with numbers? Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults manage these financial tasks. Volunteer Money Management is currently available in the greater St. Louis area, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. This free program is an interfaith partnership between Lutheran Senior Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and AgeSmart Community Resources. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at www.lssmoneymanagement.org.

Laural Crues, Laural.Crues@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474,

www.lssmoneymanagement.org

 

MANICURE PATRONS

Mobile Manicurist Today

Mobile Manicurist Today travel delivering care-filled nail services to homes, hospitals, seniors assistance living, nursing homes, offices and special events. Along with our disposable manicure and pedicure kits (which include disposable gloves, nail files, cuticle pusher, nail buffer, pumice pad & foot bath liner for worry free nail care service), our travel nail technicians provide the towels, folding footrests, petite folding tables, lap mats, floor mats, pedicure basin. Let’s discuss your individual or group mobile nail care needs. We’d love to answer your questions & explain in greater detail how our mobile nail service works, based on your individualized needs. Once we know what you need, in most cases all we’ll need you to provide, is access to water & we bring everything else.

Pamela Adams, mobilemanicuristtoday@gmail.com  Mobile Manicurist Today,

314-432-4410, www.mobilemanicuristtoday.com
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